DC’s comic line, DC Black Label, is the new home of some of the biggest and most beloved titles in DC’s catalog. New editions of Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and All-Star Superman are among the titles set for new release in 2019.
DC Black Label, which was launched this year, was created to focus primarily on comics featuring DC’s core characters. It’s not about continuity with current storylines or character arcs. The label is aimed at older readers interested in exploring more of the stories that aren’t necessarily a part of the core DC Comics canon.
“The DC Black Label line will house the best and most evergreen stories from DC,” publisher Dan DiDio told The Hollywood Reporter. “The company has a long history that includes some of the most recognizable and renowned storytelling in comics and we want to honor that history by putting them under one banner.”
Others have said the line allows for writers and artists to create without censorship. You may recall the controversy of Batman: Damned, which came out in September and featured Bruce Wayne completely naked. Full frontal naked. It was a first in DC Comics history and caused a HUGE stir among fans, so much so that DC did eventually censor those panels and claimed the full-frontal nudity was a mistake.
In any case, more than 20 new editions of well-known titles will be released in 2019 through Black Label, including a new “Modern Classics” edition of Watchmen. Fans and collectors will likely be drawn in by the special slipcase with art designed by co-creator Dave Gibbons.
New material is coming from Black Label too. A second issue of Batman: Damned is set for December and The Other History of the DC Universe by Academy Award-winner John Ridley will launch in January.
Here is the full list of DC Black Label backlist releases:
- All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (Trade Paperback, Dec. 4, 2018)
- DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke (Trade Paperback, Feb. 19 2019)
- Watchmen (DC Modern Classics Edition) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Hardcover, March 26, 2019)
- Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Trade Paperback, Apr. 23, 2019)
- Frank Miller’s Ronin by Frank Miller (Trade Paperback, May 6, 2019)
- Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Trade Paperback, June 11, 2019)
- All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder Vol. 1 by Frank Miller and Jim Lee (Trade Paperback, June 11, 2019)
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Trade Paperback, June 18, 2019)
- Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller (Trade Paperback, June 18, 2019)
- Batman: The Dark Knight — The Master Race by Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller and Andy Kubert (Trade Paperback, June 25, 2019)
- Luthor: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, July 9, 2019)
- The Joker: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, July 9, 2019)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean (Trade Paperback, Aug. 13, 2019)
- The Joker by Brian Azzarello: The Deluxe Edition by Brain Azzarello and Lee Bermejo (Hardcover, Sept. 10, 2019)
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (Trade Paperback, Sept. 17, 2019)
- Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Trade Paperback, Sept. 24, 2019)
- Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope (Trade Paperback, Oct. 8, 2019)
- Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Andrew Robinson, Killian Plunkett and Walden Wong (Trade Paperback, Oct. 22, 2019)
- Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Nov. 5, 2019)
- Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Trade Paperback, Nov. 12, 2019)
- Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Nov. 26, 2019)
- Batman: Haunted Night by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Dec. 17, 2019)
- Catwoman: When in Rome by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Trade Paperback, Dec. 31, 2019)